Attractions & Amenities
Millions of tourists flock to our nation’s capital each year to view the numerous monuments, museums, and attractions that Washington, DC has to offer. We’re ideally located in the center of it all and are proud to partner with a number of organizations to host exhibits and educational displays throughout the year. We also offer a variety of amazing works of art and free programming and activities.
Whether you’re visiting or just passing through, make sure to check our calendar of events or stop by and discover all the things-to-do at DC’s most dynamic building. Schedule a free tour for your group today!
From hero-sized sculptures and historical pieces to paintings and exhibits, explore all of the art and attractions at our building.
On permanent display at the building, this large section of the Berlin Wall was donated by the citizens of Berlin and the employees of Daimler-Benz in recognition of President Ronald Reagan’s leadership which contributed to German reunification. This segment is from an inner-city section of the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg Gate, where on June 12, 1987, President Reagan issued his challenge: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” A symbol of the East-West division and conflict for 28 years, the wall that divided the city of Berlin crumbled. Located at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza entrance, the Wall segment stands over nine feet high, three feet wide and weighs nearly three tons.
The memorial is comprised of a low, three-tiered fountain and two bronze sculptures to the right and left of the fountain each set on granite pedestals. The fountain is flanked on one side by a reclining female figure, representing Justice, dressed in classical robes with her hands held in prayer. On the other side is a partially draped male figure, depicting Reason, with a child next to him who holds a purse, key and hammer, symbolizing capital and labor. The two figures represent the opportunity and religious freedom that Oscar Straus found in the United States and celebrates what he returned in service to his adopted country.
The painting is of the 14th Street façade of the building. It was created with both artists sharing one canvas, each illustrating the building from his own perspective, creating a vibrant composition that highlights the brilliant Indiana limestone exterior and the dynamic activity of the surroundings.
Discover a new world of dreams at National Children’s Museum, now open in downtown DC! Combining science center content with a children’s museum experience, our hands-on space inspires young innovators under 12 to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (or STEAM) through engaging exhibits and programs. Advanced tickets are required.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Painted with the traditional brush painting of ink known as, Japanese sumi-e, this sculpture’s incorporation of natural subjects and the disciplined brushstrokes of its basic flora depicts and is representative of all four seasons. The bamboo represents summer and resilience; chrysanthemum represents autumn and prosperity. The orchid represents spring and noble bravery; and a blossom for winter symbolic for beauty, optimism, and the transience of life.
A free summertime concert series, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features an array of musical performances from all genres including bluegrass folk, reggae, country, pop rock and more. With plenty of outdoor seating, concert goers can pick up lunch at one of the outdoor eateries or from one of the many food court vendors and enjoy the show.
Launched in 2000, the Live! series supports one of our building’s missions to establish a pedestrian link between the National Mall and the business district north of Pennsylvania Avenue, creating an open, active and inviting setting for the community.
Located: Concourse Level
Open Monday-Friday from 10:00am-7:00pm, Connie’s provides a range of services from manicure and pedicure to silk nails and massages.
Located: Concourse Level near the Federal Triangle Metro
North Tower desk: 202.312.1461
14th Street desk: 202.312.1470
Metro desk: 202.312.1465
Berlin Wall desk: 202.312.1459
Rotunda desk: 202.312.1259
Located: Ground Level
Located: Ground Level near Moynihan Plaza entrance